Economic Distortions of Medicaid Expansion

December 22, 2013

A Statement by the Tidewater Libertarian Party

The financial risks and costs of Medicaid expansion for Virginia are well documented in other sources, so leaving those aside, we, in the Tidewater Libertarian Party will address the objections to Medicaid expansion based on economic principle.

Currently, through Medicare, Medicaid and current and veteran Military health care programs, government at all levels controls 45% of health care in the United States. Medicaid expansion will further increase the government share of health care control. Read the rest of this entry »

Illegal Immigration Affecting Health Care

July 9, 2010

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H1N1 Your Public Option at Work

October 23, 2009

You will probably get Swine Flu H1N1) this year.  You, or your children, might even die of it. You didn’t have to get it, there is an effective vaccine, but you probably won’t get it until it is too late.

You might have a newspaper article based on a Center for Disease Control press release blaming the delay on slow growth of the virus in eggs, but the real reason is government interference in the free market.

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Tidewater LP Health Care Alternative

August 21, 2009

Health Care for a Free Country

An Alternative Solution Offered by the Tidewater Libertarian Party


The miracle of free markets has served us well in most parts of the economy, bringing us ever increasing value and declining real costs for the things we want and need, yet health care becomes increasingly unaffordable.  So, it is reasonable to ask what is different about health care that prevents the normal market forces from controlling the increases in costs of health care, before radically altering an industry which is, from a quality of care standpoint, the envy of the world.

The answer is that health care has become separated and insulated from market forces by well intentioned government interferences and mandates, followed by yet more interferences enacted in an attempt to mitigate the unintended consequences of previous interventions.  Libertarians reject yet another layer of bureaucratic interference and offer a series of changes intended to remove, in a responsible manner, those earlier economic distortions that have caused the problems.  To that end, we recommend the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Proposed TLP Statement on Health Care Reform

August 1, 2009

It is not enough for Libertarians to simply oppose the socialist proposals to nationalize health care, as that could be seen as an endorsement of the status quo. Changes are needed, but a reduction in government involvement is the answer.  Below is a proposed statement for comment and discussion at the August 15 meeting (Updates in blue)

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Rally at Sen. Webb’s Office asking him to Stop Both Cap & Trade and Socialized Medicine

July 19, 2009
Robert Deans true feelings on Cap & Trade

Robert Dean's true feelings on Cap & Trade

All photo credits – Petey Browder.

Robert Dean is again typically blunt and pulls no punches. He leaves no doubt as to his position on Cap and Trade. This is one of his finer qualities that makes him so unloved by “Big Government” socialist politicians and operatives.

I was originally told that this rally held in front of Sen. Webb’s office in Towne Center would be concerning Cap & Trade. Many were there for that issue, but many were also there asking Sen. Jim Webb to vote against Obama’s plan for socializing medicine as you will see from many photos after the fold.

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Health Care, Time to Choose

May 10, 2009

Liberty or socialism? Choose one.

If we choose to nationalize our health care, we have taken the fork in the road that leads inevitably to socialism, make no mistake in that. This post is intended to serve as a ‘Table of Contents’ for four previous articles on Health Care, which, because of the nature of Blogs and their being written over a period of about a month,have become scattered in the blog and appear out of their logical order.

This series is by far, the most timely I have written. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care for a Free Country

May 8, 2009

(Note, this is the last of a series on health care. For an index of other articles on the topic, see Health Care, Time to Choose)

OK, having identified many of the government interferences in the market that have resulted in unaffordability of health care, relative to everything else we need and desire, which the free market provides us in abundance and at reasonable costs, how do we unsnarl this mess without causing unnecessary hardship?

In some cases, we can just stop doing harm and the market will adjust quickly and favorably. In others, we have to phase out the problems gradually so people who acted rationally under the old rules will not be adversely affected. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care – The Road to Hell

May 6, 2009

Usually, when we are deeply involved in the consequences of a bad choice, we think, “It seemed like such a good idea at the time.”

What has happened to the health care market is a lot like that, as, with all the best intentions, bad choices were forced on the marketplace by government and, as always when force controls the market, there were unintended consequences.  Oblivious to the harm already done, government at all levels has placed mandates and restrictions on health care that we would not accept in any other business, always with the intention of doing good, and always making things worse.  Now, we stand on the brink of placing health care under virtually totalitarian controls, still trying to fix the unintended consequences of past interventions, mindlessly hoping that this time government control will work.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to stop and think a bit on how we got here.

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Health Care – Disconnection from the Market

April 11, 2009

In the first article in this series, I argued that the actual cost of health care, stripped of cost shifting, litigation and regulatory costs, is not at all unreasonable for what it is. If you disagree with that premise, I suggest you read Health Care – a Broken Market and debate the issue there.

You will lose.

But Cost and Affordability are not necessarily the same thing, and in the case of health care, reasonable cost does not make it readily affordable. The reason is that the purchase of health care is not uniform from person to person, or from year to year through our lifetimes. Read the rest of this entry »